You’ve all heard tips for what you should definitely not do in a job interview, like saying that your biggest weakness is your perfectionism, or neglecting to skim through the company’s website beforehand so you’re left asking what it is they do, anyway. In this Twitter thread, though, people are sharing their biggest job interview blunders that you weren’t warned about, but are so ridiculous that you shouldn’t need to be (even if some of these people ended up getting the job!)
Others in the thread have had the misfortune of ending up with an interviewer that made them seriously reconsider applying for the position in the first place. Either way, these stories will make you feel better about the job interviews that weren’t your proudest moments and give you the courage to go to your next one knowing you can at least do better than this.
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You might be disappointed to find that when you’re preparing for an interview, studying tips religiously won’t help you—HR experts say that interviewing an applicant goes much more smoothly if the interviewee is out of “oral exam mode” and can respond to questions naturally.
This might sound discouraging and impossible to prepare for, but they add that real confidence in an interview comes from having really studied the company where you’re applying and considered the challenges that they face, so you can put serious consideration behind your answers rather than just repeating them from memory.
The seasoned interviewers also stress that you have reason to be confident when you show up for a job interview. The employer is the one who called you in for an interview, after all, so unless you’re unlucky enough to end up with some of the sadist interviewers in this thread, they probably already have a good impression of you. So you can skip the pre-rehearsed jokes, and definitely leave out the liquid courage.